Woman Washing

Accession Number

Woman Washing

Jean Charlot

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
lithograph on paper

18 5/8 in x 13 3/4 in (47.3 cm x 34.9 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
Jean Charlot was born in France, but at a young age moved to Mexico and later to New York. He quickly fell in with some of the most important Mexican Muralists of the 1920s and 30s such as Diego Rivera. Charlot's work often depicted religious scenes or scenes of everyday Mexican life, such as seen here. This work represents a subject, the washing woman, he first explored for a fresco in Mexico City in the mid-1920s. The figure in this work is characteristic of Charlot's style, showing a rounded, full, and somewhat sculptural village woman, meant to reference indigenous Mexican women.

Physical Description
This work is a black and white lithograph. Central to the image is a woman who is crouching and bent over towards the right. She holds a paddle in her left hand and fabric in her right which fans out before her as she washes it. There is a dark sketchy area behind the woman. Her hair is dark and in two braids which drape back over her shoulders. She appears to be nude.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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Mexican Muralist (movement)
modern and contemporary art
nudes (representations)
washing (cleaning)
women (female humans)

2 Related Resources

Work and Workers
(Part of 9 Learning Collections)
Social realism, mid-19th century to mid-20th century
(Part of 8 Learning Collections)

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